How Far Does Gentrification Go?

New studies explore, as well as challenge, the notion of displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods.

New studies, such as one from Lance Freeman and Frank Braconi, suggest that "displacement is not all that widespread--and in fact may not disrupt many people's lives." In looking at the rate of displacement in NYC in the 1990's, Braconi and Freeman discovered that "poor residents in gentrifying neighborhoods were actually less likely to move than poor residents in nongentrifying neighborhoods. The authors assert: " 'Neighborhoods are changing more as a result of replacement, where people who are leaving are being replaced by more-affluent neighbors.' " These studies present "such a break from conventional wisdom in the housing field that the Fannie Mae Foundation commissioned a follow-up study due out early this year." The Fannie Mae report argues that government subsidies and rent-control programs, many of which are being phased out, played an integral role in precluding displacements in those neighborhoods.

Thanks to Connie Chung

Full Story: Two cheers for the urban pioneers

Comments

Build Your Own Paper Block City

Urban Fold is an all-inclusive kit that allows anyone to build the city of their dreams with a few simple folds.
$24.95
building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25

NEW! Get the "Green Bible"

Understand the complexities of planning at the local level while preparing for the AICP* exam. Find out why this edition is included in the APA's recommended reading list.
$105
Wood necklace with city map

City Necklaces

These sweet pendants are engraved on a cedar charm with a mini map of selected cities. The perfect gift for friends and family or yourself!
$28.00